OCTOBER 10, 2013 AT 3:08 PM
Nancy Salgado, a McDonald’s employee for 10 years, confronted company president Jeff Stratton last week and described her struggle to take care of her family based on her $8.25 wage. A security guard quickly escorted Salgado and fellow protesters out and threatened her with arrest. Ultimately, Salgado received a citation for trespassing even though the living wage group, Fight For $15, had provided tickets for the event.
During Stratton’s luncheon speech in Chicago, the single mother of two yelled out, “I’ve been at McDonald’s for 10 years.” Stratton only replied, “I’ve been at McDonald’s for 40 years” and later referred to the protesters’ interruption as, “inappropriate.”
In an interview with The Real News, Salgado said, “It was very upsetting, very–I think it was one of the most obnoxious things I’ve been in through,” she said. “I was going to get arrested. They gave me a ticket for interrupting, for, you know, interrupting the president. They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property.” She added that not being able to afford simple things like “a pair of shoes like everybody else does,” for her children inspired her to protest.
Fast food strikes gained ground over the last year as more workers demand a living wage. Despite the protests, the company denied it pays too little and even created an unrealistic budget for workers making the average $8.25 an hour. Most fast food workers are like Salgado, women above age 20, who may be supporting children.